Saturday, September 23, 2006

freedom of the sea !

Well, I donnow how many times I’m gonna write “yet another amazing day in IDC life..”

But one thing I’m sure about this one; this day was marvelous !

Well, the trip was really organized by IDC to visit some of the most important art galleries of India in Mumbai. Like Jahangir art gallery, Max Miller bhavan etc.

The IIT bus was waiting for us at 4.30 when we – almost everyone from juniors and some from seniors- walking towards it happily, thinking over what sir had said; ki,” whoever wants to stay back at town after the visit can do that.”

As expected the fun part in the bus started with an anthaakshari. But see, this was really interesting to listen to when all of them, from different parts of India started singing Hindi songs in their own special accent. And see, it was fun when Hashim sung that rhythmic Mallu song and its word by word translation

Hmm.. the visit to the galleries were nice, It seemed every body had some kind of respect towards the art. But some of them (like me) were also thinking about those LUCKY guys who were able to sell their artistic products for such a huge amounts of 2,40,000 bucks.

Some of the exhibited painting were really interesting since those were blank canvases filled with a grayish tinted texture and nothing else.. And we couldn’t resist laughing when somebody cracked a joke:

“Oye, ye sub ‘putty’ maarke rakhaa hei.. woh banda kal aakar color karenge”

Well, a nice walk from the gallery to the Gateway of India – wow that monument really added to our spirit.

It was Parasar and team’s extreme motivations that made it possible. A boat ride throught he turbulent sea on a hide tide night!

OoooH.. the boat ride was much more fun than expected. At least the view of Mumbai from the sea was awesome and it looked like a diamond necklace with the Taj hotels being the pendant… But we were helpless to capture those moments with a camera in that wobbly boat. It was really exciting to be at the front tip of the boat, blocking the Driver’s view in that turbulant sea at the tides. The boat was really jumping up and down splashing water everywhere.. we really enjoyed it until the boat-man came and told us to leave the place, since it was too dangerous to stand there.

Well, once we were out of the boat, everyone gathered in front of the Gateway again for a photo session. We clicked as many photos as we could in different poses, shouting and laughing, jumping and running.. Well, I hope those public who were there at the gates enjoyed the show!..

And again one more walk to the Bade Miyan, to have those Non-Veggies!! Well.. some of them went to some veggie “restaurant” when some of the “so called” veggies decided to go ahead with the chicken stuff. And yeah, we enjoyed being there together more when compared to the chicken legs.

Ok, the food is over, now we need some desserts. Well, what about some “desi” stuff? We tried some sweet “paan” right from the kiosk. Hey, even a chocolate fudge or Hungarian sundae cannot replace this experience of having the sweet green stuff, that too in the middle of the Mumbai city!

Well, the food part is over, next pit stop: “ the chowpati beach” either a taxi, or if get lucky the bus #143. Ha ha.. we were lucky enough to get the right bus right in time. What to say, yet another public performance by IDCians for the fellow passengers of Mumbai.

Never knew it was so far from “chowpati” when some of us got down at the marine drive to have a walk till the beach. But we never had to regret. It was so nice to walk through the beach front, beside the splashing waves enjoying the sea breeze. The “diamond necklace” of Mumbai – the glowing city lights along the curved marine drive was lovely.

Within no time, we reached the beach. And it was interesting to see the “hotel walas” roaming around the beach with mats in which we can sit anywhere in the beach when they serve the food.

Oye, it’s a beach and we went there to have fun, what else can we do? Some of them started it with some sand games while others went right into the sea. Screaming, shouting and pushing each other everynody struggled hard to post for the photographs while the waves tried to pull their legs.

The jumping session must’ve been the best part. Expressing all our enthu in one go.

Well, every good meal should have a dessert at the end, isn’t it? And the best thing that we can and what we should have in a beach in Mumbai must be a kulfi. It was kind of a festival feel when we enjoyed the Kulfi faluda in front of the colorful shack carrying balloons and stuff. Oye, not to forget that BIG ice sticks dipped in colored flavors was nothing but delicious.. was it so? But anyway it was FUN to have it.

Ok, it’s 12.00AM - Midnight already and we’re still hangin’ around at the beach!!!

We had to catch a ‘local’ back to Kanjurmarg from VT. had to hire a couple of cabs to get there in time.. Somebody bought tickets and somebody didn’t (by mistake..) bt nobody did forget to check their “fortune” along with their weight..

And at the end got into the train, one whole side car reserved for IDCians except for that banda who sat alone, right in the middle of the IDC crowd! Fool!

::pics coming soon::

We were so tired that once the train started moving we went to sleep… ahem.. ok ok.. I went to sleep. Obviously it didn’t take much time to reach kanjurmarg. Didn’t waste much time, hired three autos and back to IDC.

We were stopped by the security guards at the IIT maingate.. and they asked us to register ourselves in the register in the book. And we entered:

"Biju Neyyan #06625007 Time: 1.20 am"

It was raining outside when I went to sleep with a prayer.. "thank god! this day was marvelous"


Friday, September 15, 2006

Theatre workshop

Well, yet another nice experience after coming into IDC.

Donnow why but I was a bit confused to take a decision, whether to go for this workshop or not. Had a lot of assignments to complete and will have to miss Poo’s valuable lecture too… But Parth was so persuasive that he really helped me to take a decision to go upto Prithvi theatre to attend the workshop. The event was organized by the Prithvi theatre and was conducted by two UK based theatre artists.. well,.. I don’t think they’re just artists.. they’re the big guys who have started a movement in the UK by using theatre to question the ethics of bio-medical science. Mr.Jeff Teare and Mr. Simon Turley.

Ok.. back to the situation..

Hmm.. well as usual, things didn’t workout as the way we planned. We had to attend the Lecture in the morning.. and was a bit late for the workshop..

The venue of the WS was changed that we had to find it out first.

And yea, to top it up out auto got damaged on the way..

But once we reached the Bombay University Theatre department.. well.. Things were nothing but wonderful. There were a lot of IDCians joined together with the brilliant students from the Bombay University to participate.

We watched videos… had discussions.. Had theatrical exercises..

The excercises were fun, We axually acted a human body .. group of students doing different body parts.…

well.. I was workin on the lungs.. he hey.

It was fun to participate in those interesting activities like writing continuously for three minutes starting with the trigger word “I remember” and warming up our writing skills..

And then, creating a “Narrative question” which will have a Yes/No answer..
And later building a small Play of 10 sentences …
Oye, when Anshu and Shilpa acted their 10 line drama “will I stop telling lies” it was fun

And then discussions about various archetypes.. emotions and acting them .. walking them.. talking about heroes, idiots, Fools (he chose me for that part .. hee hee.), crookes..

Well, it became more and more complex exercises and at the end we all had to come up with a Narrative Question based on the newspaper cuttings and create a Drama on it. Wow man.. that was an awesome experience.. to interact with students from other college.. entirely different field of study.. it was awesome..

We wrote, discussed, rehearsed our own plays and acted them in front of everyone..

Well.. you should’ve been there if you really wanted to get that feeling..

Anyway.. that was good..

And as usual…

Thank GOD..

Party - in the name of Birthday!!!

Well, this one is axually a late entry..

The party was on 9th September

Well.. it had been a loooong time since we had a party.. can’t you imagine.. it’s more than a month. Ha ha.

Hmm the party was thrown as the combined Birthday celebrations for Shaunak, Ratika, Parasar and Roli.

Happy Birthday once again..

It was a really different experience all together since the party was conducted in the design circle, Instead of the usual “Audi” party. Hmm.. ok it’s better to say the party was ‘started in the ‘design circle’ but eventually shifted …

Hmm.. we ‘Rock’ed !!.. Well, was that too much of ROCK.. rock and rock??

Well.. next time.. hope we’ll have some more dance numbers..

Oye Dijjey!!... We need Dance numbers!!!

Dancing till 03:30 and then as usual.. a long walk upto H13 to have cold coffee and Chocolate Pastry.. hmm.. must’ve been fun isn’t it??

Anyway.. we loved the pastry part atleast!

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Prayer !

Thank you, GOD, that my happiness and success in life aren’t dependent on what I can do, but on what you can do through me-not my supposed strength and greatness, but on your true strength and greatness. Help me to be the person you know I can be. Help me to face my problems, weaknesses, or conflicts and resolve them with your help. Help me to trust you more and to turn to you more. Thank you that when I put my life into your hands, you help me do what you know I can do, and then you do what I can’t do."

from " activated. Vol7 Issue2.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Ganpati Bappa Moriya!!

Donnow why but good things just happen..

It was absolutely an unplanned move to go upto the powai lake for the ‘Visarjan’ until Neha told me about this when I stepped into IDC.. Well.. I had no plans at all to go for the ‘visarjans’ today although the sounds of the ‘barat’ (Hope I’m right) was right there in our ears.. But I just couln’t resist.. Decisions made in split seconds.. a bit of confusions .. phone calls.. but at the end.. me and Neha joined the team of six .. Manoj, Hashim, Varun, Sunil, Pushkar and Deepa!

Oye, it was fun.. nothing but fun! The ‘nakli gada and talwar’ sparkling ‘topi’s and oye oye.. ROARRRING whistles … ho ho ho.. it was fun!

Roaming around… whistling to the rhythm of the ‘barats’ .. dancing with the ‘locals’ to their ultimate drum beats.. wow!. .

Hmm.. but the guy who threw those “rangoli’ colors over us had ultimate aim and timing.. Well.. I call it an art.. the art of throwing those irritating powder right into the mouth and eyes of the victims.. chock chock!! But again.. it’s the fun part.. isnt’ it??

And ofcourse our hostel messes were closed due to this ‘visarjan’ stuff and we were really hungry.. walkin upto the ‘Hira Nandani’ township and a nice dinner from there was nothing but gr8.

Walking back to IIT thru the colorful concrete landscapes of the Hiranandani was really enjoyable..

Listening to the latest trends of Ganapati.. people dancing to the rhythms of latest DJ mixes.. “himesh” songs.. worshipping ganpati.. well.. that was.. ha ha funny!!

And wow.. a walk thru the misty IIT campus was a whole lot of opportunities to have some ‘golden’ moments. !!

Again.. thank GOD!